A major EU project, CLIMB-FOREST, will create a comprehensive overview of Europe's forests and forestry over a period of four and a half years. Currently, there is no compilation available that provides a complete picture of Europe's entire forest stock and the state of its forests.
The goal of CLIMB-FOREST is to provide guidance to forest users and decision-makers through new tools and models. The project consists of five major areas of work, including mapping that consolidates various national sources on forest management practices and the carbon sequestration potential of managed forests and natural forests. Measurements will also be conducted in different geographic zones to assess the health of forests, climate effects in different vegetation zones, and for various tree species. These measurements will be supplemented with satellite data. Additionally, proposals will be developed for long-lasting forest products such as furniture or construction materials that can be part of a circular system. Interviews with forest owners and manufacturers will provide insight into the tree assortments needed for their operations, as well as the financial incentives required to transition or adopt alternative forest management practices.
The Horizon Europe project CLIMB-FOREST has a funding of 60 million SEK. The project is coordinated by Lund University, with participation from the Department of Nuclear Physics at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, and the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC).